Rotation Thins Even More
The Yankees already have a thin starting rotation. C.C. Sabathia's health and age are serious concerns. Masahiro Tanaka's elbow is a huge concern. Michael Pineda's history of shoulder issues is a concern. The stability provided by Hiroki Kuroda is no longer in New York.
And now, lefty Chris Capuano is slated to most likely start the year on the disabled list.
Capuano suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right quad in Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. He was covering first base. While no definitive timetable has been given for Capuano's return, manager Joe Girardi did say he would "be surprised if [Capuano]’s not down for awhile.”
The Yanks need all the pieces in the rotation to come together in 2015 if they want to compete in the AL East. Nathan Eovaldi, acquired from the Marlins in the offseason, appears to be the only guarantee heading into the 2015 campaign.
The Yankees do have a deep and talented bullpen, and with a thin staff, they will probably need to use it often. You just hope it doesn't get too taxed as we move through the rigorous 162-game schedule.